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SOURCE TO SEA: The Columbia River Swim takes a broad, sobering look at the history and destiny of what the indigenous people call Che Wana: the Columbia River. It also tells the story of why Christopher Swain subjected himself to a 13-month swim down its 1243-mile length. Using Swain’s swim as a thread, the present condition of the Great River of the West is revealed. Full of rare archival footage of the sacred Celilo Falls and Kettle Falls, now inundated by dams, SOURCE TO SEA also deals with the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, pollution from mining, the river in Canada, petroglyphs, salmon issues and the struggles Swain encountered during his epic swim.